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Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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This is a recreation of a Norwegian style naturally soured ale, aged in oak wine barrels for 18 months for the authentic sour flavour. The first wild yeast-fermented beer brewed in Norway for over 100 years.

15 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2008

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Drank at last tasting. Thanks to my good buddy Finewinemike for bringing this bottle.

A- Pours a murky muddy brown with 1 finger of white head.

S- Tons of funk and sourness with cherries, vinous grapes, vinegar, and musty oak.

T Just like the aroma. Barnyard funk up front with a nice cherry presence, slight vinegar, and vinous grapes.

M- Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a nice tart sour finish.


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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer.

Pours a deep dark mahogany colour, heavy in the body, with a decent heft to it. Flashes of ruby come out when held to the light, rather pleasantly. Head is lacklustre, as you often get with wild ales. This one forms a layer of large quarter-centimetre bubbles across the top that sit looking dormant and oily. There's some very fine carbonation visible at the corners. Overall, a good looking, if slightly mysterious brew.

Nose is sharp and old, giving slightly astringent acetone characters, along with dry flaky chocolate and ancient woody depth. Everything about it suggests that it's old and aged, giving a weird but compelling complexity.

Taste is gorgeous, and in some senses makes sense of the mystery on the nose and in the appearance. Here, a tight acidity strikes through the centre, lending an odd counterpoint against some of the sweet dark characters and the almost spiritous oak notes. Characters of dark cherries, carob, tannic wine and white pepper come through, along with a lengthy exhalation of booze. It's complex and challenging, but oddly moreish as well, setting your palate up for the next sip.

Wonderful brew from Haand. This is a complex, delightful and exciting beer, that gives something unique to the drinker.

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Photo of adsomers
2.88/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Given the mostly positive response to this beer I'm wondering if I got a bad bottle. I'm a big fan of flanders style beers, lambic, and wild ales in general, and I had high hopes for this beer.

It poured with very little carbonation had had no head whatsoever. It had a very nice dark reddish brown color.

The smell was malty with some wood and fruits, but very mild on all accounts. Nothing particularly offensive about the smell, but nothing exceptional, either.

The taste is what started to throw me off. For the style, gravity, and aging process I expected something to stand out. All I got though was a sickly sweetness and a medicinal aftertaste. A slight tartness was overcome by a sticky mouthfeel.

The mouthfeel was heavy and coating, and a slight acid burn on the throat.

Overall, my experience with this beer was a downward spiral starting with a pretty nice color and nose and tumbling to unpleasant tastes and feelings. given the rave reviews by others, I'd be willing to try this again but not for $12. I had a similar experience with "Wild Thing".

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a flute glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains sour fruit, vinegar, light malts and some Belgian yeast.

T: The taste starts out with sour and acidic flavors of cherries and grapes. Then there is some wild Belgian yeast that comes in along with a thin malt character. Even with such a strong sour flavor, this beer has a pretty nice balance as all of the flavors seem to work well together. The after-taste is slightly sour.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of oline73
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. Thanks to finewinemike for hosting the tasting and providing this bottle.

Appearance: Pours a mahogany color with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Initially I'm picking up fruity vinegar. There is a sweetness along with come cherry and funk.

Taste: Very smooth but still so tart. Acidic fruity flavors remind me of cherries and raspberries. There is an herbal note in here too. The finish is a bit sweet along with the sourness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation. The finish is a bit dry.

Overall: Very good and smooth. I was super impressed with this one, especially because I didn't know anything about it ahead of time. Would definitely have it again.

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Photo of rarbring
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is brown clouded with hints of red, has a modest off-white head, little lacing and some curtains.

The smell is intriguing, oak and wet wood, vinegar and old stable.

A slightly sweet start, red fruits, much red vinegar acidity.

Medium carbonation, soft bubbles, a very sour dry finish.

A nice well balanced Flemish old brown, imaging a fat ripe hard cheese would be excellent with it.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage '09, bottled 2/2011

Pours a dark cola color, some deep ruby highlights. head is small and white...dissipates quickly.

Fruity with some vinegar on the aroma. Dark cherries, plum. Some smoke. Wood and faint caramel.

This beer for me borders between sour and tart. The fruit flavors really persuade it to the tart side, but there's enough laco-stuff to give it some pucker. Dark cherry, leather, wood, fermented red plum are front and center. Tannin as well. Some earth tones come and go, but they are quick.

overall a nice sour beer. It has enough flavor to counter-act the strength of the sour.

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Photo of monitorpop
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dirty ruby, light ring and sediment.

S: Smokey with sweet cherry and earthy peat.

T: Smokey wood with slightly sweet cherry up front that fades nicely to tart finish.

M: Smooth medium body and carbonation.

O: Surprisingly smoky. Really unique enjoyable sour beer.

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Photo of BeerMandS
4.92/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A revelation in beer. I believe this was my moment with the Heavens...

A - Brown with a hazy red color. It foams up beautifully but dissipates quickly.
S - Explosion of sour bretty berries mixed with macerating cherries in a oak barrel
T - Cherries and berries with funky woodyness; the oak is present but not overwhelming. A bit of a cola feel with the sweetness of the fruit on the finish.
M - It's not a heavy beer and has medium carbonation and is supported by great acidity.
O - A very solid beer, that I would recommend to anyone who wants to try a Oud Bruin/sour beer.


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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a teku)
bottled lo Feb 2011
A- This beer pours a dense brown body with a red glow at the base with a thick ring of light tan big bubbles that soon dissipates. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- This beer has a fruity cherry brett note with a soft wet wood finish.

T- The dry wood and tart flavor has some berry and cola notes coming through as the beer warms and a wood and brown malt note to follow. There is more brett funk and a cherry hint near the finish that fades in to a slight fruity aspirin and a touch of astringency lingers.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a slick texture and no real alcohol heat but a touch of astringency.

O- The bright fruity notes blend with some nice funk hints and a dry finish with hints of wood really add some nice depth to this beer. The beer takes on more vinous qualities and the body thins as it opens up. The bitter aspirin quality fades into more of a tartness as the beer opens aswell.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost cola colored, thought maybe a sprig lighter. Head was minimal, an of a musky yellow/tan.

Aroma was tart and acidic, with notes of alcohol and red wine. Plenty oaky characters in there as well.

Taste is very tart and almost puckering. There's a sour apple quality, a dry vinous character, and solid wood notes. Not vinegary at all, which would have been off-putting. Vinegar is for salads.

Slightly crisp feeling, but carbonation is low. Body is medium.

Definitely one of the most complex Flanders I've had. Not into sours, but I can get down with the complexity here and appreciate it.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter exactly like a cola - brown/reddish body, a film of lumpy head that pulls to the edge of the glass as it settles.

As soon as I cracked the bottle I started getting delicious notes of sweet/tart berries leaning towards red wine with a touch of alcohol. Quite appealing.

A sip starts tart then is tempered by a sweeter body, following very closely with the nose - red berries, a touch of earthy oak. Delicate carbonation and a more syrupy body - carbonation is the only thing I could use more of here. Finishes sweet with a bit of lingering sour in the back of the throat. Minimal heat by my standards; a sipper, but certainly an easy one.

This is exactly what I hoped it would be. The examples I've had from this style tend to be more vinegar-forward and the barrel aging clearly mellowed this one out a bit. Wish I had picked up one to cellar, this was quite a treat!

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Photo of jm1229
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

09 vintage (bottled on Feb 10, 2011) of 2160 bottles opened on 8/9/11 and poured into a Belgian-style stemmed glass. Really excited to try this one, so let's get to it.

A- Dark brown/red, almost looks like a glass of Coke. Not much head and it disappears quickly. No lacing, but not surprised given the style.

S- I can definitely smell the wood/oak from the barrels. Cherries, some chocolate, roast, and caramel. Really different from other beers of the style. Very nice.

T- Cherries, mild funky sourness, and woody aftertaste. Surprisingly sweet aftertaste.

M- Extremely smooth with nice (maybe just a little light) carbonation.

O- Can't quite put my finger on this one. At times, I loved it. At others, it was only slightly above average. Then again, when it comes down to it, I'd definitely buy it again.

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Photo of SABERG
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated May 2010, into a Hill Farmstead full globe.

A - Deep copper hue, 1 finger of life in the head, great lacing towards the length of the pour.

S - Red wine and funk, field and some more sweet red funk. Quite compelling. No real stand out but clealy a wine barrel age stamp. Very pleasant.

T - An initial sour bite, then smooth ale, oak is noticable and pleasant. What a fine line this fabulous beer walks! The red, (flanders) then a short bite is tremendous. The palatte clears quickly to a nice tight finish.

M - A touch sour, a touch sweet, a touch smooth.
Who can go wrong. The beer is not hot, which is a pleasure. The ABV at 8+ is muted and risky.
I should type quicker.

O - What a fine offering. As aging will invariably do no harm. I will put one in the cellar for the winter of next year. Fine work by the "hands" of this fine brewer(s).

Seek this out if a little red and a little oak and a little sour are your thing.


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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage, bottled 10 May 2010.

Appearance -- Pours a deep rosy brown, nearly purple like the skin of a plum, with a slim wispy beige head. Great color.

Smell -- Roast cocoa malt, vanilla, bright acetic tartness, vinous oak, vanilla. Nice complexity, far better than average.

Taste -- Moderately roasted malt conjure up dark toast and cocoa. Tart berry, fruit skin, acetic tartness and vinous oak. Acetic berry skin finish with some roast malt.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-to-light in body, relatively low carbonation. It lacks crispness, but the nice acetic brightness covers for the lacking bubbles.

Overall -- A well-made Flanders for certain. Very unique in the sheer amount of roast and cocoa from the malting, plus the wine barrel adds a nice woody/vinous note. Glad I finally got to try this. I'll be sure to pick several up next time it is available.

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Photo of musicforairports
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown color. Little visible carbonation and practically no head.

Smell is of acetic sour, black cherry and wood.

Taste very full-bodied with notes of caramel and barrel flavors. Strong sour bite comes in mid-way and it finishes with acetic, vinegar-y sourness. A thicker beer, not dry at all, but not very sweet.

This beer is not very carbonated and rather full-bodied.

Overall this is a unique Flanders--heavy on the barrel flavors, almost smoky, but still sour. Not my favorite, but I'm glad I tried it. It stands out from the rest.

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Photo of bum732
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Sour tart cherries, prominent oak, saliva inducing tartness, some caramel sweet notes, touch of root beer.

L: Dark brownish red, cloudy, light tan head that dissipates to a ring of foam.

T: Tart cherry and caramel notes. Prominent wood, more ceder like. Almost smoky. Bold tartness with a sour tingle in the back of the throat, alcohol slightly warming. Finishes tart, and slightly sweet.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Very solid, one of the better oud bruins i've had.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A Norwiegian Flanders Oud Bruin, sure, why not. Vintage 09, bottled on 11Feb2011, Total bottles 2160.

Pours a very hazy and dark red/brown with a small off-white head (hint of red). No lace.

The smell is nice and tart right off the bat. Vinegar and a lactic tartness, minerals are noticed slightly and a slight malt sweetness (hard to notice, but there as it warms).

The taste has a strong sour start that leads to the sugar and dark, fruity malts of the base brown ale. Sour plum and slight grape, vinegar, slight lactic notes, hints of caramel and oak. I'm surprised that the barrels didn't dry out the finish more (not a bad thing). I love the way it goes down, smooth, sour and easy.

An amazing beer. A must try if you like sour beer.

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Photo of Chaney
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Graciously shared by my bud Huhzubendah. Thanks Matt!

A: Burnt Sienna brown, with very little head whatsoever.... maybe just a few bubbles posing as a topping. Not much in the lacing arena either.

S: Tart, with barrel aging being evident right from the get go. Some nice fruit notes here: Not cherry exactly... maybe plums?

T: Sourness on the late aftertaste, with the brown ale portion of the front part of the palate. The barrel aging rounded out the flavor somewhat, however, the brown sugar character was still a bit overbearing.

M: Extremely low carbonation. I personally found this one to gravitate towards the brown ale side as opposed a sour one, therefore, the brown sugar kicked down the door! No lacing whatsoever and the feel was very red wine-like overall.

O: Good stuff, but still I found this one to be a little off. Maybe I just wanted more sour and less oatmeal cookie. Different strokes I guess...

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gracious extra received from a recent trade. Thanks Chris!

The beer is dark mahogany in color, with a thin, tan head which recedes to a thin layer, leaving random traces of lacing on the snifter.

The aroma brings cherries, oak, funk, acidity. Ahh...I have been wanting to try this beer for a long time, and the aroma is simply fabulous.

The flavor is quite interesting, and a slight departure from the aroma. A subtle sweetness emerges and blends in with the sour, lactic character. Tannic in nature, with the wine character becoming more prevalent as the beer warms.

The beer finishes with a gentle sweetness, which I find surprising, given the aroma. I was honestly hoping for an acetic assault. Then again, I am somewhat of a sour/wild beer masochist.

Overall, I am very grateful for the opportunity to try a beer I have coveted for quite some time. An enjoyable brew, I would have this again.

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Photo of demuzik
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a warm, nut brown - lightly carbonated, little to no head that quickly disappears.

Aroma is a balance of fruit, smokey oakness, and alcohol. Cherry and raspberry come to mind.

Intensely crisp, quickly slabs of bacon or smoked ham hit your tongue followed by buckets of cherry and fruit; very nice and tart, with some black currant flavors that linger.
There is quite a bit of oak flavoring here - when some beers say "aged in oak", you'd never have known unless you read the bottle and wondered why you paid over $5 for it... with this brew, however, a blindfolded taste test will still reveal this beer has definitely been aged, almost Tequila amounts of oak in the overall complexity.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and refreshing; not heavy whatsoever, but a good dose of alcoholic warmth to keep it interesting.

Definitely recommend trying this one at least once; not my personal favorite sour, but I can see a lot of potential for this to BE someone's favorite, and I'd it wouldn't be hard to understand why.

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Photo of Neffbeer
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

States vintage 2009, bottled May 10, 2010 (batch size: 3240) on the side of the label. Poured into an over sized tulip.

A: It pours a dark brown color, completely opaque, with some mauve highlights in the light. There was a decent sized one finger head (hard pour) that receded quickly leaving an off white cloud on the beer.

S: The nose is pleasantly tart with the underlying notes of dark vinegar. As the tartness becomes neutral to my nose, the barrel asserts itself with some vinous grapes, oak, and a hint of smoke.

T: Tart cherries and some intense notes of vinegar open the flavors. It is not overwhelmingly sour, but hits the mark quite well. The oak barrels are very assertive mid-palate with some chocolate/dark malt notes in tow. The finish is a bit smokey and really dry.

M: Overall the feel is solid. Medium to full bodied with light carbonation.

O: This is quite the creative interpretation of the old farmhouse wilds of Norway. I have one more to cellar and look forward to revisiting it in the future.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opened a bottle of this beer to split with a friend of mine last night. The pour was of a reddish deep brown with no head on it and no lacing in side. Looks similar to a wine. The smell of wood, cherries, and plenty of funk on the nose. The taste right from the fridge was sour and gave off some elements of fresh tobacco and tart cherry in the aftertaste. As the beer warmed I feel that it started to become a little more balanced. The flavors didn't transition as much as when it was colder. The funk became less dominant as it warmed also. The mouthfeel of the beer was smooth, not a lot of carbonation but remains a sipper based on how tart it is. Overall I think this is a pretty good attempt at a Flanders Red.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rusty amber and garnet color with a constant ring of tan foam. I cannot make out any bubbling in this dark, semi-cloudy beer.

Musy and winey aroma for sure. There's almost a perfumey bouquet of flowers mixed with toasted and roasted malts and funky red wine vinegar aroma. Interesting.

Red wine vinegar, grapey oak, a little smoke with some floral notes. This beer covers a lot of taste categories. The palate is bubbly and tart without a doubt. I really like the carbonation of this beer.

Not my style of beer per se, but this beer was good and worth recommending to people who like a little sour pop in their beer.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml shared by bobsy - thanks! Pours murky dark brown with hints of maroon, finger of off white head.

Nose reveals vinous notes, vinegar, dark fruits, cherries, wood, earth, light funk. Flavor follows suit, hefty malt body with toffee and earth notes to balance a rugged tartness. Cherries, grapes, red wine, vinegar, oak, vanilla, barnyard funk, loam, after reading the label I thought I could pick out something akin to rhubarb. Bone dry finish to accentuate a much rounder, fuller body than typical for style. Big and brash but it's not out of place, it all works together. A real treat.

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Haandbakk from HaandBryggeriet
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 492 ratings